Darby, Redwomen down Panthers
CHESAPEAKE — Anna Darby got going and she took her Rock Hill teammates with her.
Darby went 3-for-4 with a double and two run batted in as the Redwomen beat the Chesapeake Lady Panthers 11-1 in six innings on Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
“Anna had been struggling a little at the plate but she kept battling. She had four great at-bats tonight and was able to get herself going,” said Rock Hill coach Sam Gue.
“Obviously, I have a lot of respect for the program Chesapeake runs. It was nice to come in and get a big win.”
Rock Hill (6-0, 2-0) had 12 hits with Kaci Russell, Makenzi Harrah and Taylor Hall all going 2-3 and Riann Keating 2-4 with two RBI.
Jill Hairston got the win with a four-hitter. She struck out seven and walked one.
“We just gave up too many runs. You have to make teams earn it in this game,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice whose team was guilty of eight errors.
“Rock Hill did a good job taking advantage of their opportunities and their pitcher did a nice job. Rock Hill swings the bats well.”
Rock Hill went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
Russell was hit by a pitch, Hairston singled and an error on the play scored the run.
Chesapeake got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Laura Rice walked, Melanie Noble reached on an error an Ryleigh Swann doubled.
Rock Hill took the lead with three runs in the third.
Hairston reached on an error, Harrah singled and an error put runners at second and third. Keating singled for a run but Harrah was thrown out at home. Blaike Roberts was safe on an error and Darby doubled in two runs.
The lead went to 6-1 in the fourth when Russell singled, Samantha Stamper walked, Hairston reached on an error to load the bases, and a ground out and an error scored the runs.
Rock Hill got four runs in the fifth.
Darby singled, Hall was safe on an error, Russell singled and Harrah cleared the bases with a double.
Hall had an RBI double in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Rock Hill plays at South Point on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Chesapeake hosts Huntington St. Joe on Tuesday.
Rock Hill 103 241 = 11 12 1
Chesapeake 100 000 = 1 4 8
Jill Hairston and Riann Keating. Brooke Webb and Kelsey Huff. W-Hairston (K-7, BB-1). L-Webb (K-3, BB-3, ER-3). Hitting-RH: Kaci Russell 2-3, Jill Hairston 1-4, Makenzi Harrah 2-3 2-2B rbi-3, Riann Keating 2-4 rbi-2, Anna Darby 3-4 rbi-2 2B, Taylor Hall 2-3 2B; Chesapeake: Melanie Noble 2-3 2B, Ryleigh Swann 1-3 2B rbi, Robin Frye 1-2.